The creation of Super Bowl-winning coach, Dick Vermeil and his winemaker Paul Smith, the 2009 vintage of the Vermeil XXXIV Red Blend is a mouth-filling, plush Bordeaux style blend. Black fruit and anise aromas and flavors are held together with the oak. Pleasing and full.
Commenting on Dick Vermeil's entry into winemaking, Robert Parker wrote: "This is the personal wine project of the Super Bowl-winning, renowned NFL head coach, Dick Vermeil. Vermeil was raised in Napa Valley and his initial dive into the wine world is impressive. It goes against the rule-of-thumb that celebrities rarely achieve anything special in the world of wine."
Double Gold Awards at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Stephen Tanzer (ST): 90
Opaque ruby. Pungent aromas of dried cherry, cassis, licorice and botanical herbs, with subtle vanilla and cracked pepper accents that build with air. Sappy, palate-staining dark fruit flavors gain sweetness with air while retaining a spicy edge. Shows very good energy and clarity on the finish, which features suave floral pastille and licorice qualities. I find this wine quite approachable now, although it has the depth to age.